Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has admitted that he caught up with Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong and that he toured the Holden Centre facilities.
Buckley gave a very up front and honest interview saying that he would understand if Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge was upset that it took place.
Would you meet a player from another club in-season again?— Gilbert Gardiner (@gilbertgardiner) July 7, 2016
Buckley: if list manager thinks it will help then Yes.
However, Buckley also added that he'd be just as angry had the opposite happened and one of his players was touring another clubs facilities while under contract, in the middle of the season.
Buckley is likely to make two big inclusions this week for their game against the GWS Giants, with former Giant Taylor Adams and small forward Alex Fasolo getting through training well
"It happens... we're not going to leave any stone unturned in speaking to those managers + trying to improve our list." Buckley— CollingwoodFC (@CollingwoodFC) July 7, 2016
Buckley: "I don't like the NRL idea of people knowing where they're going to be next year, the year before."— CollingwoodFC (@CollingwoodFC) July 7, 2016
More on the Lin Jong visit: "This happens consistently. It's not an outlier. The outlier is the fact that it was reported." Buckley— CollingwoodFC (@CollingwoodFC) July 7, 2016
Question: "Did you speak to Lin Jong when he was here the other night?"— CollingwoodFC (@CollingwoodFC) July 7, 2016
Buckley: "Yeah, I did"